In 1956, FLIC formed an advisory group of psychologists, physicians, and educators to study homosexuality (Weitz 2007).
By January 1959, a professor who had been sacked turned to the press to expose FLIC's investigation.
Just before the arrival of FLIC on the USF campus, President John Allen dealt with multiple protests by parents of university students because Jerome Davis, a controversial political scientist, had been invited to speak to a class.
In November 1961, Johns notified Allen that FLIC would hold public hearings to "gather evidence in regards to policies ...
Faculty would be allowed legal representation; all interrogations would be made on campus, tape recorded, and a recording provided to the accused; and all information gathered during interrogation would only be released to the media with permission of both FLIC and the USF administration ("AAUP Position," JA Papers, box 3, folder 15).
In addition to probing claims of professors having homosexual relations with students and providing them with alcohol, FLIC investigated complaints about professors teaching literature that was considered by some to be vulgar, using profanity in the classroom, and forcing atheist beliefs upon students.
His letter included a list of items addressed by FLIC in their report to the Joint Interim Committee of the House and Senate as well as his own recommendations to Allen regarding termination of professors (JA Papers, box 4, folder 14).
According to the report, Winthrop was not made a part of the faculty investigation, as Allen's testimony to FLIC and the BOC defended Winthrop's academic freedom to discuss alternate religious views in the classroom.
The report found USF to be soft on communism; its professors were using pro-communist literature; and four professors were identified as homosexuals ("1963 FLIC Report," as cited in Stark 1985).
Allen would go on to appear before the legislature in April 1963 to oppose the legislature's renewal of support for FLIC. During his testimony, Allen told the legislature:
Reitz's relationship with Johns began before FLIC began its crusade on the campus of UF.
Correspondence also exists from Johns to Reitz in January 1957 written on behalf of FLIC but unrelated to the purge.